Tea Collection Clothing for babies and kids is known for having a flair for the international, using color palettes and designs with a distinctly soft but sophisticated appeal. This season’s collection is no different. Inspired by a whimsical-take on Modern Mexico, Tea’s Fall 2011 pieces have a little Latin flair to suit everyone.
The girls collection includes CASA OAXACA, JARDIN AZUL and MERCADO MEXICANO. Casa Oaxaca is aptly described as “Frida Kahlo, friends, a fiesta of flowers and fun,” while Jardin Azul and Mercado Mexicano have a decidedly modern tone featuring an explosion of color and culture. Girls clothing fits to size 12.
One of my favorite pieces in the girls collection is a 100 percent cotton, smocked dress (pictured left) inspired by the Ciudadela daily crafts and clothing market in the center of Mexico City. The dress has tiers of ruffles with a relaxed fit, hits just above the knee and pairs perfectly with their assorted leggings. And “pairing perfectly” is another of TEA’s strengths. If you happen to be a parent who doesn’t necessarily cherish the mixing and matching process of children’s wardrobe shopping, relax, TEA has it covered with five piece “WARDROBE SETS.” Seriously, it doesn’t get any easier than that.
While I’m raising a daughter and love all the frilly, girly clothing, I have to admit the Modern Mexico mix for boys really tugs at my heart strings. TEA describes the collection as “Aztec art meets bold blanket stripes,” like the beyond adorable Chapultepec Romper (soft slub jersey with a polo collar pictured below), named after the park in Mexico City that houses the Museum of Anthropology. For my son and daughter-in-law’s recent baby shower, we stocked them up on the collection’s rompers, shirts, pajamas, layettes and more. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this fabulous line. It’s some of the cutest boy’s casual wear I’ve seen in ages.
A note specifically for parents of child performers – stock up on larger sizes for the future! Many of these wardrobe pieces would have been perfect for the Disney Music Video my daughter filmed earlier this year, “We Can Change the World,” which called for “ethnic-inspired wardrobe choices.” It was beyond tough to pull off an ethnic look while avoiding the trappings of being too costume-like, these wardrobe items are not only a simple solution but a fashionable one as well.
And right now until October 23, you have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes collaboration between TEA COLLECTION and ORBIT Strollers called “BRING BABY HOME IN STYLE” worth a whopping $1400 dollars! For entry rules ad entering information click HERE.